- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The union representing Vermont state employees says the state is being cruel to put out word of layoffs at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington at Christmastime.

But Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding says he doesn’t believe layoff notices have gone out yet. He says the Vermont State Employees Association has to be notified 35 days before reductions take effect. He says it’s expected about six workers will lose their jobs due to a declining population at the home.

The Veterans Home’s board met last week and decided to reduce the facility’s capacity from 170 to 130 beds and save money by not filling 13 open positions. Spaulding says the layoffs are in addition to the jobs not filled.

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